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FBI Downtown HQ in Play, Northland Site Pitched
The Kansas City regional FBI office, a downtown fixture since at least 1920, is investigating a new home and is being pitched on a Northland site, although other location offers are expected including the downtown riverfront.

The agency, which is currently housed in a fortress-like setting at 1300 Summit, is seeking what was described in a GSA prospectus as 137,000 square feet of space for what’s expected to be 350 employees by the time its current lease expires in 2025.
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A knowledgeable real estate industry source said the Metro North Crossing site is expected to be one of several being pitched to the GSA, including others in the I-29 corridor, the downtown riverfront and the FBI’s current location.

The FBI has been at 1300 Summit since 1998. The building was built specially for the agency which is its sole tenant and the current lease expires in June 2025.

The agency also is leasing space at 4150 N. Mulberry Dr. in Briarcliff to “address additional FBI field office requirements,” according to the GSA.

That lease expires in May 2027. Some FBI operations are expected to remain at the Briarcliff location, but others will be consolidated at the new site.
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https://cityscenekc.com/fbi-investigat ... e-pitched/

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Hate to lose any downtown tenants, but that is a great little chunk of land. Would be some pretty good views for any residential or commercial development.

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Would be a cool place for a tower.

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Riverfront seems like a weird location for this.

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I'm guessing the height allowed on that location is no more than it is now?

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Or the height of the giant glowing hereford cow on the pylon.

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True it doesn't look much higher in actuality but in my looking at it I forgot about the light standards for the baseball field next to the FBI which appear to be the tallest item in the vicinity.
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normalthings wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 9:20 am
Riverfront seems like a weird location for this.
Agreed. It seems like a bad use for that pretty limited area.

There’s supposed to be a federal rule pushing agencies to select urban areas when possible. I’m surprised Metro North is in contention. Then again, the EPA somehow left KCK for that urban paradise of College Blvd and Renner. Personally I’d be fine with metro north. The FBI functions like such a fortress, it seems wasteful to take up land in the core.

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horizons82 wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 10:58 am
normalthings wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 9:20 am
Riverfront seems like a weird location for this.
Agreed. It seems like a bad use for that pretty limited area.

There’s supposed to be a federal rule pushing agencies to select urban areas when possible. I’m surprised Metro North is in contention. Then again, the EPA somehow left KCK for that urban paradise of College Blvd and Renner. Personally I’d be fine with metro north. The FBI functions like such a fortress, it seems wasteful to take up land in the core.
Any new build Federal building has to have sizable set backs right?

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normalthings wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 11:07 am
horizons82 wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 10:58 am
normalthings wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 9:20 am
Riverfront seems like a weird location for this.
Agreed. It seems like a bad use for that pretty limited area.

There’s supposed to be a federal rule pushing agencies to select urban areas when possible. I’m surprised Metro North is in contention. Then again, the EPA somehow left KCK for that urban paradise of College Blvd and Renner. Personally I’d be fine with metro north. The FBI functions like such a fortress, it seems wasteful to take up land in the core.
Any new build Federal building has to have sizable set backs right?
I can't remember the rules, but the feds have become difficult builders. Just look at the irs and federal reserve.

Would hate to lose anyone downtown, but I'd put them over in the government district/east village area.

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WoodDraw wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 12:05 pm
normalthings wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 11:07 am
horizons82 wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 10:58 am


Agreed. It seems like a bad use for that pretty limited area.

There’s supposed to be a federal rule pushing agencies to select urban areas when possible. I’m surprised Metro North is in contention. Then again, the EPA somehow left KCK for that urban paradise of College Blvd and Renner. Personally I’d be fine with metro north. The FBI functions like such a fortress, it seems wasteful to take up land in the core.
Any new build Federal building has to have sizable set backs right?
I can't remember the rules, but the feds have become difficult builders. Just look at the irs and federal reserve.

Would hate to lose anyone downtown, but I'd put them over in the government district/east village area.
Anyway that the FBI could set up shop in 13 Grand or Strata? To me it would seem as though being up in a tower with controlled access parking would be just as good as what they are asking for.

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langosta wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 4:14 pm
WoodDraw wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 12:05 pm
normalthings wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 11:07 am


Any new build Federal building has to have sizable set backs right?
I can't remember the rules, but the feds have become difficult builders. Just look at the irs and federal reserve.

Would hate to lose anyone downtown, but I'd put them over in the government district/east village area.
Anyway that the FBI could set up shop in 13 Grand or Strata? To me it would seem as though being up in a tower with controlled access parking would be just as good as what they are asking for.
Doubtful. Few FBI offices are located in such locations: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices. Only San Francisco. I cannot remember exactly when the current FBI HQ was built in KC but it honors the increasingly post OKC/WTC government office paranoia which does not seem to be abating. Nonetheless, I hate to see any employer leave DT KC, particularly for the burbs.

But that little triangle of land has potential. Add the stranded and hopeless isolated Mulkey Park to the FBI space and you could have enough room for a residential development that stretches all the way to 12th. An extension of the West Side with no gentrification required. You could even put a one way entrance into the area off the 12th street to I-35 entrance ramp. A residential area works great - it's a relatively short hop across the bridge to downtown (and a pedestrian bridge to the West Side is already present).

Not sure an office works. It would become the next beached whale in KC.

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